Dr. Patrick Kormawa, a Sierra Leonean Economist, has been appointed Regional Director and Representative to Nigeria by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Dr Kormawa is an economist with over 20 years of professional experience in development policy, agribusiness and industrial development.
Prior to his appointment as UNIDO Representative and Director at its Regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr. Kormawa served in various senior positions at the UNIDO Headquarters.
He was Head of the Agribusiness Development Unit and prior to that; Head, International Financial Institutions Partnerships and Senior Adviser in the Office of the Director-General.
Before joining UNIDO, Dr. Kormawa worked in various senior research and development leadership positions at International Agricultural Research Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
He was a senior economist and coordinator, Rural Sector Enhancement Program at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria; Assistant Director of Research and Program Leader, West Africa Rice Development Association
Dr. Kormawa graduated from Njala University College in 1984 and proceeded to Germany for post graduate studies.
He holds a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Msc degree from University of Giessen, Germany and has also been trained at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, on Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development.
UNIDO is a United Nations specialized agency that promotes and accelerates sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.
UNIDO with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, has four Regional Offices in Africa (Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa). The Regional Office in Nigeria covers West Africa.